Very Well Groomed City Park Course With Some Unique Features!
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Cadyville Rec Park is a largish multi-use park which seems to be divided into two parts. The recreational area with the ball fields, etc. and then the more wilderness area where the disc golf course is located. You can tell from the start that this is a labor of love with the local disc golf group as everything shows the amount of work they've poured into this course.
At the start there is a kiosk with a course map and other pertinent information, a practice basket and a drop down folder/desk thing asking you to sign in every time you play the course. Are they concerned you might get lost and need a rescue party sent out? I felt like I was starting out hiking the Appalachian Trail or something. There's also a warning sign about ticks and Lyme disease. Now I have a niece who just got very ill from Lyme disease and between the ticks warning sign and having to sign in, I was a little concerned. There's also a practice basket.
The course now features three marked tees for each hole: The Blues (longest), the Whites (rec) and the Reds (beginner type distances). The blues and the whites have concrete pads while the shorter reds are currently just natural. There are fairly basic metal signs on the blue and white tees and laminated paper ones at the red tees. There are small brooms at each concrete pads and two bag hooks on each pole. Lots of next tee signs throughout the course help you navigate easily including some next tee arrows hanging from baskets. The baskets are Discatchers with the yellow ring and the always helpful numbers on them.
I played from the whites. I'd say the layout is a fairly challenging recreational level from the white tees. Without actually playing the blues, they looked to be kind of intermediate level.
The course did have have a certain level of "uniqueness" to it. On # 8, there is a crazy totem pole looking thing right in the middle of the fairway with chains hanging off the top. # 11 has the driving distances marked off every 100 feet but like someone has previously mentioned, it's a little irrevelant as it's slightly uphill. # 16 has an 8 foot elevated basket with a well built wooden platform to retrieve your disc. I thought this was pretty cool. Lot's of courses have elevated baskets but I've never seen such a nice retrieval setup.
I intially thought # 4 was maybe a little unfair but as I really studied it more carefully, I spotted a route and then I almost skipped one in. I also really enjoyed # 9's downhill hyser throw.
Cons: I'm a little concerned about #'s. 17 and 18 playing alongside the street. I don't know how busy that street is but I can see a few discs being thrown into traffic. I hope players use good judgement on those two holes.
The course is a little on the quirky side but I liked that. I'm not sure about that weird pole on # 8 but, oh well?
Other Thoughts: This course has way too many positives to dwell on a couple of nitpicking negatives. I wish I could have taken the time to play from the longer blues and the beginner reds, for that matter. This is a course that I would love to claim as my home course. My hat's off to the local disc community here in Caddyshack, Oh sorry Cadyville!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Wonky course; challenging & fun
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Some very challenging/interesting holes (3 blue, 5 blue, 7 blue, 14 blue, 16 blue come to mind).
- Really well maintained. It's clear the locals have pride in this course
- Very clear fairways
- Concrete tee pads on whites/blues, DisCatchers and a practice basket by the parking lot
- Great balance of open & tight wooded holes, lefty/righty holes
- Adequate parking
Cons: - A few very poor/unrealistic designs (1 blue, 4 blue, 10 blue, 12 blue)
- Short tee pads
- #11 (par 4) has a driving range feel with the distance markers, but it's a bit irrelevant since it plays uphill
- Signage is nice, but often inaccurate
Other Thoughts: Only played the blue tees! Had a lot of fun!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I've played the course numerous times and it seems like every time I come back, another improvement has been made. I noticed that this year most tees have a small brush broom to clear off the concrete tee pads. Bonus!
The signage is very good. Even without a map, you can easily navigate the course. Each basket has a "next hole" label. Only minor searching necessary for the "other tee" if you are playing shorts/longs
Free to play and plenty of parking available. Located in a family park.
It's a multi-use area but I've yet to encounter a "sour apple". People might just be out for a walk on the course for some exercise but they highly respect the disc golfer on the tee.
Good use of the land with a variety of shots required to get a good score. It's not overly challenging so a good disc golfer could score well here. Variety from tightly wooded to grip and rip. Most of the tightly wooded holes have a true lane that you need to hit.
Score cards with map available.
Cons: A hole or two is a bit under maintained compared to the rest of the course. i.e. low hanging branches that should be removed to make the hole more realistic. One of the short holes... the number of which alludes me at the moment... but it takes a wicked dog leg right. That's great but the point at which it is done makes it more of a luck shot than anything. It's much too close to use a disc that wants to break hard to the right. Granted, this is probably the only poorly thought out hole.
Back 9... Hole... 16 maybe? It's WAYYYYY up on a pole. You have to climb stairs to get your disc back. Still not sure how I feel about it. I like that it's different but it just seems more wonky than "unique challenge".
Plays along side a moderately busy road for holes 17 and 18 which no obstruction between you and it. An errant throw will likely end up in the road or hitting a car.
Hole 18 plays relatively close to the multi-use area. It's removed from the bball court but I do worry a bit for the little ones running around. I realize this is getting a bit nit picky.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a great course that you will enjoy playing. Given the general lack of courses here in the North Country, this is one you will likely come back to frequently. While not a true "destination course", I'd be willing to drive to this course if I lived anywhere in the North Country. I have a friend visiting from the Greater Binghamton, NY area and this is a course I intend on playing with him.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Not bad at all
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Very nice concrete tee pads.
- Some challenging baskets.
- Easy access
- Great signs.
Cons: - You need to throw perfectly straight for most holes.
- Hole 12 is a bad joke. A right turn down a walking path.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Enjoyed the course...
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course continues to be updated... very well maintained. New tee signs everywhere... there was still snow on the ground but I think there are concrete tees everywhere now as well. Blue and White tees for each hole. Pretty easy to navigate with great signage. Good mix of tight technical skill shot sort of holes and others that are more open let 'er rip kind of holes. There are also new benches at a few of the holes and bag hangers on the tee signs.
Cons: Some of the newer blue holes seem like they are still being broken in... some are very tight... not sure it's really a con... but I'm sure some will find it frustrating.
Other Thoughts: Looking forward to the tees being free of snow!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Ville, Not Shack
Nice tee locations, with benches, concrete pads, and signs, with posts that have two bag-hooks.
Between the online map, weaving-but-natural flow, and the many "next tee" signs, the course was easy to navigate.
Well-maintained park. Attractive mixture of open space and pockets of small/mid-sized trees.
Teepads a bit small, maybe 4' x 7'.
Holes 4, 8, 9, and 12 have their pinball moments - especially #4, which is mercifully only 125'.
Griplocking and/or a headwind might bring a road into play, which parallels the right-side of fairways 17 and 18.
The course is set upon very gently-sloping, mostly-open land. Small groupings of various types of trees, including white pines, birches, and maples, are scattered about, and used to define generous (for the most part) throwing lanes.
Being able to throw straight 200'-300', followed by a left-fade of various sharpness, will serve you well, as over 1/3rd of the holes fit that description. About 1/4th of the holes present a tree/bush at about the midpoint of a direct flightpath, forcing the player to decide how to avoid the obstacle while also reaching the basket. A few right-turners, and a few tight holes, round out the fare offered by this course.
About 2/3rds of the holes are < 300' long, but there are a few in the mid-300's, and there is also hole-11: 563', practically wide-open, gently up-slope in its entirety, with five markers placed every 100', which provides you with a rough idea of how far you can throw.
The course should appeal to a broad audience. The overall shorter distances make it playable by any level, and there enough challenges to keep upper players interested.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - nice tee pads, signage, and bag holders
- very easy to navigate
- fairways are well manicured and taken care of
- added alternate tee pads offer some variety on the course
Cons: - course design. Holes 17 and 18 are the same exact design with 18 being slightly longer. Both holes are right by the road. Holes, 4, 8, 9, and 12 aren't very well thought out or designed.
- pole added as an obstacle on hole 8 is cheesy. It makes the course feel like a bad mini-golf course...TERRIBLE
- heavy underbrush on many holes makes tracking your shots a must.
Other Thoughts: I initially reviewed this course after it was expanded to 18 holes. I hadn't been playing disc golf for a long time so now that I am more experienced, I thought I would update my thoughts. I have had the pleasure of playing many courses in the northeast (including some world class courses in PA) over the last two years. That has allowed me to view one of my home courses more objectively. It is a nice course with some positives but there are some big drawbacks as well.
I think when the town recently purchased the land, they had an opportunity to fix some of these issues and instead compounded some of them. Overall it is a fun course to play but it is average.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great new baskets, Nice concrete tee pads, good distance for true par 3 holes (not pitch and putt).
Cons: Hole 8 and 9 too close to the road, an errant disc can hit a car and the driver might not have any idea what the thud was, have heart attack, die.
Other Thoughts: The piece of land the park and course are on looks like recently reclaimed farmland, in that it's covered with trees but none of the trees looks like they are over 15 years old. Just big saplings everywhere. When the trees mature this course will change. Only had 9 holes when I played it, but I rated it as if it were all 18 there.
It's 2013 now and I'm upgrading it from 3.5 to 4 because it was only a 9 hole course when I played it 2 years ago, now 18 holes. It's a 4 all day long.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Don't be deceived by the pictures, this course is a place to play. A Nice environment with forgiving hazards (mostly foliage). Honestly this is my favorite so far in the area. Well groomed and cared for. Family friendly (including jogging strollers!)
Accessible for beginners, nice challenge for intermediate/advanced. Free to Play!
Can't wait for the next nine holes!
Cons: Like the others said - still a bit short with the 9 holes, nothing else to bug out about though.
Other Thoughts: compared to other courses in the area, this one is tops. Granted it is quite flat, the lay out and diversity in fairway design makes for a great challenge.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Concrete tee pads
- Great signs with distances
-Well maintained. Beautifully mowed and manicured fairways and greens.
-Nice park for other family. Swingsets, basketball courts, etc.
-New DiscCatcher Baskets
-Easy navigation. No ned for a map. Great course flow.
-Almost no chance of losing a disc
-Great place to learn the game or bring a new player.
Cons: -Only 9 holes. But the next 9 are funded and are on the way.
-Fairly short overall. No big bombs if you have a big arm.
-No real difficult or unique holes.
-No elevation. Only flat landscape available.
Other Thoughts: This is a really nice, clean course. It is nothing that will challenge a really good player, but it is great at what it is supposed to be. A really nice course for beginners and people that are still learning the game. There are 4 holes over 345', but they are mostly straight with little obstacles. If you are an advanced player you can probably just play putter rounds here.
I'm not sure what the plans for the back nine are, but if they are able to use the available woods and make some challenging holes, this course could be a great place for people in Upstate NY.
There aren't many courses in this part of NY so if you are nearby make a point to go play Cadyville.
Sept 2012 Update - Cadyville now has 18 holes. All holes have nice baskets and pads as well as signs. New layout adds a couple short, very wooded holes that will challenge anyone to sneak a disc through the gap. There is also some additional longer holes on the back 9. #11 is now 563' of mostly open field to the basket with 100 markers along the way. #10 is a cool little 295' blind shot with a basket tucked into some mature pines.
This is still a worthy course, but the design seems to straddle between beginner friendly, and more challenging. Holes 8 and 9 are short technical holes, but seem to lack a great line to the basket. And some of the longer holes have some punishing rough if you can't stay on the fairway. Given the dearth of courses in Northern NY it is nice to have this one, and worth playing if you are up there.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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